Bachelor Programs in Animation

Compare 41 Bachelor Programs in Animation

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Many people fell in love with animated features when they were children and carried that love throughout their adult lives. Today, animation has found many new venues, including video games, educational systems, and self-published movies. Some would like to turn their love of animation into a career. A bachelor’s degree in animation gives those people an edge in the competitive animation industry.

What is a Bachelor in Animation? This degree generally covers both classical and computer based animation techniques.  It teaches students to give “the illusion of life” through courses in storytelling, presentation, and character development. Courses cover drawing and composition, key framing, and computer motion capture.

Most animation projects are on a short schedule and a tight budget. Project managers want animators who can come into a project and hit the ground running. A Bachelor in Animation demonstrates that a potential employee has put in the time to learn his or her craft, and is well familiar with the industry standard methods and tools. In addition, many graduates find that a solid educational grounding frees them to concentrate on their artistic expression.

Costs for this program vary widely by institution. Students can expect to pay tuition and lab fees. Remote students will need a laptop and high-speed Internet connection. The animation program generally lasts three to five years.

Many graduates work for a major studio. New hires often specialize in one aspect of animation. For traditional animation projects, the newcomers often complete the in-between frames until they became experienced enough to design the characters and produce the key frames themselves. Computer animators often specialize in either character creation (mesh generation), animation rigging, key frame animation, motion capture, texturing, or post production. Other graduates work for media or advertising firms in a variety of assignments. Smaller firms often allow employees to become a jack-of-all-trades in the animation pipeline. 

Animation students can find a number of institutions all over the world. Those in remote locations can often complete their education online. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Bachelor In Graphic Design And Multimedia Animation

LCI Monterrey
Campus Full time 3 years May 2017 Mexico Monterrey

The new graphic design focuses on the development of effective communication through the study and practice of design. LCI we focus on educating our students in creative ways [+]

Bachelors in Animation. 9 tetramestres (3 years) SEP RVOE: AL-VI198 / 2010 The new graphic design focuses on the development of effective communication through the study and practice of design. LCI we focus on educating our students in creative design methods with technology to meet the social and commercial needs of the future. Our students work for design firms; starting their own businesses or continue their studies for additional titles. Our graphic design students fail to reach the second year, the ability to actively work in the real world, taking his time in the study 50% and 50% working actively applying their knowledge, thus achieving the third year professional work experience. Curriculum Typography Professional Photography Creativity and innovation Digital retouching Video Digital illustration Packaging Design 3D animation 2D animation Multimedia Sound editing and production Design company Web Applications Prérequis High school diploma or high school | School Sign (s) rentrée September | January | May [-]

Bachelor in Animation and Visual Effects

laSalle Barcelona
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Spain Barcelona

The degree of Animation and Visual Effects of La Salle Campus Barcelona insists on the fundamentals of animation which are based on all the production of the animation independently of the technic, and you will learn how to combine the artistic and technic part of animation to explain the most captivating stories. [+]

Why study this degree? • Thorough education We offer you a complete program of the technical foundations for computer animation. You will learn to work with the most advanced 3D animation and VFX technology. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the foundations of art, design and photography, as well as the principles of anatomy, acting and color science. • Active professors You will learn from professors who are recognized and actively working in the animation and visual effects business, using the same techniques and tools you will be required to use in the market. • Creativity and design You will be able to develop your own ideas, scripts and characters where you will use everything you have learned to create digital content. • Digital portfolio Upon completion of the degree, you will have your own digital portfolio with all the work created during the course. • Official university degree The animation sector is currently in its golden years and is a sector that enjoys the best growth estimates nationally and internationally. Along with videogames, currently this industry has a high demand for employment in our country and at La Salle Campus Barcelona you will obtain an official university degree, which will qualify you to work anywhere in the world. You will also be able to complete stages and exchanges in other universities with a recognized international prestige. What do they prepare you for? The Animation and Visual effects degree of La Salle Campus Barcelona prepares you to be an... [-]

Bachelor of Animation

SAE Institute Australia
Campus Full time 2 years June 2017 Australia Brisbane Melbourne Perth Sydney + 3 more

Undertake the Bachelor of Animation at SAE and build your expertise in all facets of Animation. Students will develop fundamental skills and knowledge in this exciting industry in areas such as 3D modelling, character animation, rigging, textures, project management, teamwork, lighting, rendering and compositing. [+]

Bachelors in Animation. Undertake the Bachelor of Animation at SAE and build your expertise in all facets of Animation. Students will develop fundamental skills and knowledge in this exciting industry in areas such as 3D modelling, character animation, rigging, textures, project management, teamwork, lighting, rendering and compositing. Developing a solid understanding of these areas provides students with a solid foundation and context for further study before exploring in detail the specialist areas. During your time at SAE you will learn on industry standard software such as Maya, Autodesk 3D MAX and the Adobe Creative Suite. You will undertake specialised units designed for students to participate in real-world projects under the guidance of expert SAE staff. With this unique teaching style, you will demonstrate your skills and technical knowledge in a collaborative and creative studio-based learning environment. Your Studies: Each degree program is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills. Stage I – Foundational Skills Development In Stage I, you will undertake a number of foundational units which will give you the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to your discipline area, but also give you the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the program. Storytelling for contemporary media Principles of design Fundamentals of drawing Foundations of 3D graphics Principles of animation Project management and professional etiquette Critical and creative thinking Contemporary industry overview Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies In Stage II... [-]

Bachelor of Game Art Animation

SAE Institute UK
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom London Oxford Liverpool Glasgow + 3 more

Combine your artistic talents with your love for video games and turn that creative talent into your dream career. [+]

Combine your artistic talents with your love for video games and turn that creative talent into your dream career. From anatomy studies for precise character modelling, to intricate textures, environments and integration with games engines, the programme develops your skills using industry standard technologies and production methods to create 3D art for games. Our hands-on ethos will have you experimenting with many different styles in order for you to explore and expand your own individual flair, which you can then hone during the many practical projects, closely supervised by a supportive team to help engrain these skill-sets. During the process of the degree, our tutors will nurture and guide your creative work flow in order to prepare and create the all-important show reel to ensure that you hit the ground running in the industry. Some of the modules are as following: Introduction to 3D Animation We start your journey by giving you the techniques used for content creation and animation. By providing an insight into the 3D modelling process we show you how standard workflow operations occur in a 3D pipeline, outlining the design process from your first idea to a finished 2D/3D animation. Then, via a range of practical explorations you’ll apply the theory side to the animation process, giving you a solid foundation of methods needed throughout the course. Information, Communication and Professional Media Practice In this module we introduce you to proven concepts and routines of academic research, critique and writing, and nurture these skills to ensure... [-]

Bachelor Video Game Art And 3d Animation

Autograf
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 France Paris

The images created in 3D are illustrated in many areas: advertising, web, television branding and cinematic special effects of all kinds, architecture, landscape, video game, video game art, game design video, 3D graphics, 3D animation ... [+]

Bachelors in Animation. The images created in 3D are illustrated in many areas: advertising, web, television branding and cinematic special effects of all kinds, architecture, landscape, video game, video game art, game design video, 3D graphics, 3D animation ... This Bachelor shape future 3D artists, character designers, storyboard, modelers, level designers and 3D animators. In the program, all stages of production: script, character design (creation of characters), storyboard, modeling, texture, lights, shadows, sounds, animation, achieving a level of play, programming ... Formation's goal : Embed the video game industry and animation including 3D as 3D graphic designer, 3D animator or designer level. entry requirement: Direct entry to the second year requires a prior schooling a year in higher education in a field related to applied arts (MANAA, Bachelor 1 video game). If the candidate does not have sufficient knowledge of 3DS Max software, it will have to realize the upgrading 3D Autograf 6 weeks (during the school holidays before the fall). Prerequisite: Creativity, multidisciplinary technological sensitivity, communication skills, knowledge of the IT environment and software (Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, 3DS Max), art and contemporary culture. Trades: 3D Artist, 3D animator or designer level in many areas (video games, advertising, web, television branding and cinematic special effects of all kinds, architecture, landscape, etc.). Continuing Studies : After validation of the Bachelor it is possible to continue in Master of Arts in Graphic Design Director, optional creation of video games, level RNCP Title I (OJ of 09/12/2012). It is also possible to continue... [-]

Advanced Degree In Video Games

Seeway - Barcelona
Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 Spain Barcelona

The Bachelor Degree Video presents the basis of language, rhythm and rules that govern the world of video games and develops own creative processes sector through a completely practical and adapted to the methodologies own professional work environments approach. [+]

The Superior Video title It presents the basis of language, rhythm and rules that govern the world of video games and develops own creative processes sector through a completely practical and adapted to the methodologies own professional work environments approach. As a student you will submerge yourself in a course in which you will try disciplines such as drawing, photography, modeling, animation, music or the script, always applied to solving projects. Over 3 years, you will find yourself involved in an educational setting first order, sharing classes with great professionals and breathing passion and demands of the profession, with the sole aim of improving your skills and technique to its maximum potential. Summary Credits: 180 ECTS Hours: 9:30 to 14pm. Duration: 3 years Mode: Barcelona Admissions: High school or equivalent or entrance test. Semester: October to June. GOALS As a student, you will acquire the knowledge and foundation necessary to understand the nature and secrets of successful games and develop your creativity and technique to perform an optimal design for the type of game in which you work. Addressed to The Superior Video Title is particularly suitable for those with a completed high school or secondary or higher level you desire to make the world of game design your professional future. Video program is also designed for students of illustration, fine arts or graphic design who want refocus their career to the world of video games. CURRICULUM The Bachelor Degree is divided into 3 Videogames school years during which you... [-]

Bachelor Of Arts And Design, Cartoon Concentration

Université Du Québec En Outaouais UQO
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Canada Gatineau Saint-Jérôme + 1 more

This program allows and encourages openness to the visual world by interaction between the mastery of formal language and its application in the different modes of expression in the visual arts, graphic design or comics. [+]

Bachelors in Animation. The comic is an art both literary and graphic. Composed of a succession of pictures with text, it helps to tell a story real or imagined. To make a cartoon, the artist must establish the synopsis, specify the cutting action, write dialogues, create the characters and the environment in which they operate. He must also choose viewpoints, framing and layout of thumbnails, perform a first draft of the design, conduct inking, the color development and ultimately transcribe the dialogues and comments. Once published, the comic can be presented in various formats (eg. Headband, board, book, album). OBJECTIVES This program allows and encourages openness to the visual world by interaction between the mastery of formal language and its application in the different modes of expression in the visual arts, graphic design or comics. In addition, it facilitates, stimulates and encourages the student to the student or the discovery of modes of personal expression and promotes development in a gradual process of integration in different disciplines.Il also provides a structure which provides knowledge offers possibilities of experimentation and allows to walk in the creative process, from conceptualization and communication. Finally, it proposes an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to the visual arts, graphic design and comics, either: theoretical training aimed independence of thought, aesthetic knowledge and critical articulation; practical training that covers the application of formal language and mastery of expression through different mediums; and synthesis training aimed professional autonomy, the ability to establish a practical and an ability to... [-]

Bachelor in Animation & Visual Effects

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 4 years September 2017 USA San Francisco

The School of Animation & Visual Effects BFA program provides students with the skills necessary to master today’s digital technology. Students choose one primary area of emphasis between visual effects, 3D modeling, 3D animation, 2D animation and stop motion, and storyboarding. [+]

The School of Animation & Visual Effects BFA program provides students with the skills necessary to master today’s digital technology. Students choose one primary area of emphasis between visual effects, 3D modeling, 3D animation, 2D animation and stop motion, and storyboarding. BFA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements Major Coursework Core 36 units Major 42 units Electives 9 units Liberal Arts 45 units TOTAL 132 units BFA Animation & Visual Effects Degree Requirements Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements: 3 Written Communication courses 4 Art Historical Awareness courses 1 Employment Communications and Practices course 1 Historical Awareness course 1 Quantitative Literacy course 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement. BFA Program Learning Outcomes Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Visual Communication and Problem Solving Design elements for film, television, or game Make effective design choices to support narrative, character, and/or mood Demonstrate the ability to research for inspiration, reference, accuracy, and incorporate findings into design solutions Technical Skills Demonstrate facility and flexibility with animation and/or VFX technology and software Demonstrate facility with digital media Professional Readiness Assemble a professional demo reel or portfolio demonstrating an understanding of the target market Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline through successful participation in the collaborative / pipeline process. Clearly express... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Animation

The Los Angeles Film School
Campus Full time 36 months September 2017 USA Hollywood

From visual effects in movies to the graphics in video games, animation is about creating new worlds. True artists and illustrators at heart, our students are looking for a creative escape from the mundane to the fantastic. Armed with their imagination, they live an animated life. Our career-focused and accredited Bachelor of Science in Animation degree program is designed to teach you the art, techniques, and technology that professional animators use to turn their dreams into reality. [+]

Bachelors in Animation. From visual effects in movies to the graphics in video games, animation is about creating new worlds. True artists and illustrators at heart, our students are looking for a creative escape from the mundane to the fantastic. Armed with their imagination, they live an animated life. Our career-focused and accredited Bachelor of Science in Animation degree program is designed to teach you the art, techniques and technology that professional animators use to turn their dreams into reality. Program Description & Objectives (Visual Effects Concentration) The Bachelor of Science in Animation with a concentration in Visual Effects is designed to provide students with the 2D and 3D animation knowledge and skills needed to qualify for entry-level industry positions, including scene builders, character designers, technical directors, motion animators, visual effects animators, lighters and renderers. From storyboarding, sketching and modeling to character animation, special effects and final compositing; this degree program takes students through the entire production pipeline. The program starts by familiarizing students with the art concepts behind animation; drawing and other traditional forms of expression that are essential parts of getting art onto the computer. Students are then exposed to the basic principles behind computer-generated models, characters, animation and visual effects. By using the same hardware and software as professional animation studios, the skills needed for immediate success on the job are developed. In addition to technical proficiency and creative development, the curriculum helps students develop the critical-thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills that contribute to sustaining a long... [-]

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation

DigiPen Institute of Technology
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Redmond

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation is a four-year program designed to prepare students to create artwork at the professional level. Rather than simply teaching students how to use current [+]

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation is a four-year program designed to prepare students to create artwork at the professional level. Rather than simply teaching students how to use current tools and software, the BFA program emphasizes the development of foundational skills that remain relevant and useful regardless of the technology or medium. Students who successfully complete this program will have the skills to produce powerful, affecting imagery in a professional studio environment. ADMISSIONS INFORMATION Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation program must have a strong foundation in drawing and art concepts and be open to constructive feedback on their work. Candidates must provide an art portfolio of 15 to 20 samples of artwork and should have experience with drawing and other fine arts disciplines such as painting and sculpture. TOPICS COVERED Students who successfully compete the BFA program will possess the following: - Extensive production experience in both 2D and 3D animation, as well as an area of greater focus that enables students to target a specific sector of the industry according to their interests and abilities. - Excellent drawing skills, including an understanding of how to maintain and continually enhance their craft throughout their career. - Strong storytelling abilities, including visual storytelling, literary traditions, story through dialog, story through acting, and cinematic conventions. - Familiarity with modern studio processes, including the ability to use current tools and software, as well as the ability to learn new software while... [-]

Game Design and Development (Professional Higher Education)

Estonian Entrepreneurship University Of Applied Sciences (EUAS)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Estonia Tallinn

Game Design and Development is a curriculum designed to provide skills for both starting up a mobile or PC indie games company as well as working as a gamification specialist in various fields. Though the curriculum allows for specialisation in game graphics or games software development, main emphasis is on gameplay, game mechanics and monetisation model design. [+]

Bachelors in Animation. Game Design and Development Focus on user experience design, player psychology and games as a business Three-year program, professional higher education degree Game-building and portfolio from Year One Game Design and Development is a curriculum designed to provide skills for both starting up a mobile or PC indie games company as well as working as a gamification specialist in various fields. Though the curriculum allows for specialisation in game graphics or games software development, main emphasis is on gameplay, game mechanics and monetisation model design. Our partners in both curriculum development and student instruction are games companies from around the world, both well-established veterans such as Creative Mobile or Pyrodactyl Games as well as agile fast-growers like Interactive Fate or Reval Entertainment. Graduates will be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education in Applied Sciences. Graduates are eligible to begin master's studies at EUAS or other universities in the European Union. [-]

Bachelor in Animation

Budapest Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 Hungary Budapest

Animation is an infinitely diverse genre of motion picture art with the most intercultural opportunities of our time. [+]

Animation is an infinitely diverse genre of motion picture art with the most intercultural opportunities of our time. From cartoons to special effects, from computer games to online interface, from art films to commercials, it offers plenty of room to improve your creativity. While learning the fundamentals of the profession, our students experience classical drawing- and puppet animation and, as a rarity, they also have the possibility to work with 35 mm film. Acquiring the necessary co-artistic fundamentals will enable them to individually develop animated creations with complex technical needs. Excellent professors, an inspiring intellectual community, and an up-to-date and stable technical background provide our graduates with the opportunity to bring the best qualities and talent out. THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR YOU: 
 ...if you would like to animate your creations, and are interested in drawing, modelling, rhythms and motions. If you need help with learning how to use different computer softwares and also, if you are already experienced in digital design. CORE SUBJECTS: Animation Design (dramaturgy, production and character design, film-compositing, directing), Drawing and Puppet Animation, 2D and 3D Animation, Modelling, Effects, Typography, Cinematography, Editing, Creative Music and Sound, Motion Picture and Animation History, Production Studies, Classical Studio Seminar Qualification as specified in the degree certificate: Animation Designer “Regarding the form of the classes, the teachers and the subjects, it did attract me and got me interested in the animation world. During my experience I had the opportunity to maximize my possibilities and find what I am capable of.... [-]

Bachelor of Science in Media Design

NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Campus Full time October 2017 USA San Diego

Use your creativity and imagination to bring ideas to life. If you have pictured yourself working in graphic design, advertising, web production, film, animation, television or gaming, this could be the right program for you. You will explore the principles, technology, practical applications, and methodologies that can help you produce creative graphic design solutions. You will also learn the language of web design and begin to create a variety of interactive content for web and mobile devices. [+]

Bachelors in Animation. Use your creativity and imagination to bring ideas to life. If you have pictured yourself working in graphic design, advertising, web production, film, animation, television or gaming, this could be the right program for you. You will explore the principles, technology, practical applications, and methodologies that can help you produce creative graphic design solutions. You will also learn the language of web design and begin to create a variety of interactive content for web and mobile devices. [-]

Bachelor in Animation

Willem de Kooning Academy
Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Rotterdam

The term ‘animation’ is derived from the Latin word ‘anima’, which means ‘soul’. Thus, ‘animation’ literally means ‘to incite, to bring to life’. Freely translated, animation is the bringing across of meaning or emotion through the movement of an inanimate object. A rather more technical definition is ‘the suggestion of movement through consecutive images in changing situations’. [+]

The term ‘animation’ is derived from the Latin word ‘anima’, which means ‘soul’. Thus, ‘animation’ literally means ‘to incite, to bring to life’. Freely translated, animation is the bringing across of meaning or emotion through the movement of an inanimate object. A rather more technical definition is ‘the suggestion of movement through consecutive images in changing situations’. We view animation initially as a means of communication. Animators have stories to tell. Animation is thus a means and not an end in itself. This is the reason that the faculty devotes much attention to applicability and concept development on top of acquiring craftsmanship and skills. Animations are found in films, adult and children television series, games, interactive applications and apps, commercials, simulations and information films. Even the appearance is hugely diverse, ranging from traditional 2D animation in classic cartoons and 3D computer technology to stop motion and digital cut outs. We focus on the strongly growing market with its wide diversity of applications on all sorts of platforms, from interactive applications to commercials, whose demand for the translation of large amounts of data into easy to ‘read’ images is radically increasing. The first two years of the study programme mostly consists of basic skills development. You will learn several different techniques, principles and theory, initially from simple resources, but as you progress the projects will become more complex and your instruments will become more advanced. You yourself will determine the professional area in which you will develop. The second half emphasises... [-]

BDes in Special Effects for Film & Television

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 3 - 6 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

This programme is for students who wish to combine design creativity, physical model making skills and cutting edge 2 and 3D computer modelling and prototyping in the creation of a variety of special effects for film, television and theatre. It offers a wide spectrum of opportunities in model design work, ranging from the highly accurate engineering approach of the product modeller, to the imaginative and inventive solutions of special... [+]

Bachelors in Animation. Special Effects for Film & Television - BDes (Hons) This programme is for students who wish to combine design creativity, physical model making skills and cutting edge 2 and 3D computer modelling and prototyping in the creation of a variety of special effects for film, television and theatre. It offers a wide spectrum of opportunities in model design work, ranging from the highly accurate engineering approach of the product modeller, to the imaginative and inventive solutions of special effects designers/animators in advertising, film and TV. Although this programme focuses on the creation and use of physical assets, any modern large scale film or TV production will utilise both physical and digital effects. While you will specialise in your chosen area you will work across fields so that you develop an understanding of the overall production workflow and your contribution to it. You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials and a great deal of the teaching underpins academic theory as applied to real-life practical scenarios. Special features The programme uses its strong industry links to great effect by bringing in guest speakers from industry, demonstrations of materials and processes from relevant companies, visits to trade events and the opportunity to be involved with graduate recruitment events. You will benefit from our pyrotechnical, make-up and animatronics design expertise and be able to study specialist modules in these areas. There are opportunities to attend European conferences and trade events. What you will learn The programme is made up... [-]